Thursday, November 21, 2019
Jammu Kashmir

Posted at: Nov 8, 2019, 4:21 PM; last updated: Nov 9, 2019, 7:07 AM (IST)

Jammu-Srinagar highway blocked, flights suspended after heavy snowfall in Kashmir

Jammu-Srinagar highway blocked, flights suspended after heavy snowfall in Kashmir     

Srinagar, November 8

After heavy snowfall, Kashmir remained cut off from the rest of the country for the second day on Friday as the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was blocked while flights to Srinagar airport were suspended due to poor visibility.

Roads connecting the summer capital of the newly-formed union territory with far flung areas like Gurez, Macchil, Keran and Tangdhar were also shut due to adverse weather conditions.

“The Jammu-Srinagar highway remains closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall on either side of the Jawahar Tunnel. Efforts are on to restore the traffic at the earliest possible,” an official of the traffic department said.

An official of the Airport Authority of India said all incoming and outgoing flights at Srinagar airport have been cancelled.

“The runway is clear but the visibility is poor which has resulted in no flights being able to operate at Srinagar airport. Depending on the weather situation, flights may be able to operate later in the day,” the official said.

Heavy snowfall across Kashmir on Thursday severely affected essential services like electricity and water supply.

The unseasonal snowfall has resulted in uprooting of trees and electric poles in many areas.

There was scant traffic movement on Friday as people could not come out of their homes due to blocked lanes.

The snowfall also accentuated the effect of the shutdown over abrogation of Article 370. Most of the shops remained closed in the city and elsewhere in the valley while attendance in government offices was thin due to the inclement weather. PTI



All readers are invited to post comments responsibly. Any messages with foul language or inciting hatred will be deleted. Comments with all capital letters will also be deleted. Readers are encouraged to flag the comments they feel are inappropriate.
The views expressed in the Comments section are of the individuals writing the post. The Tribune does not endorse or support the views in these posts in any manner.
Share On